The Clockwork Dagger

The Clockwork Dagger

eBook - 2014
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Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers?the Queen's spies and assassins?and her cabinmate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy may reach the crown itself.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062313850
0062313851
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers?the Queen's spies and assassins?and her cabinmate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy may reach the crown itself.

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SilverIlix
Aug 18, 2015

This was a quick read.... Because the world grabbed me!
The heroine was great, the setting was familiar but fresh, and the "magic" is an interesting and thoughtful idea.
I am very glad I read this, no super sappy romance (there is flirtation but, they aren't saying devoted I love you's by the end)
Ordered the second.

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ashlynnblomstedt
Jul 30, 2015

This isn't a steampunk novel, so much as a novel with steampunk set pieces. The author seems to hint at a magic/science conflict, but doesn't deliver much past the main character constantly looking at people who don't believe in her mythical, saint-figure with hurt, doe eyes. This book is anti-science and full of blatant religious overtones, which has a readership but typically not a steampunk one.

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nerowolfgal
Mar 27, 2015

Great plot that just gallops along with lots of twists. Wonderful world-building and very good storytelling. Great fun read.

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JCLHebahA
Dec 16, 2014

The worldbuilding is interesting in this steampunk romp, but the character development is a bit uneven, with a main character who is so implausibly talented that it gets annoying at times. Still, it's the beginning of a series I would at least give one more book to get better, if only to see more of the world only hinted at in this volume.

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SilverIlix
Aug 17, 2015

SilverIlix thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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